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Westonites Want To Keep Town Meetings Alive

WESTON, Conn. — The majority of speakers Tuesday night told the Charter Revision Committee to not get rid of the town's Annual Town Budget Meeting.

Weston resident Harvey Bellin sat down after saying that it should remain that residents can only vote to reduce the budget at the town meeting. As he sat, Barbara Reynolds stood and said, "If we maintain the ATBM status ... I would like consideration given to increase the budget." She suggested the committee look at other towns' systems and see how they work.

Richard Troxell, a Weston resident, suggested at the public hearing that boards and commissions be nonpartisan to allow nonaffiliated residents to have seats and participate. Woody Bliss, a member of the Charter Revision Committee, said unaffiliated voters outnumber both Republicans and Democrats in Weston.

Other topics raised included whether to increase the first selectman's term from two to four years and from a part-time to full-time position; whether to keep the referendum machine vote; creating an ombudsman position to work as a mediator between residents and boards and commissions; the amount of time and number of signatures required to petition a decision made by the Board of Selectmen; and the use of secret paper ballots.

The Charter Revision Committee listened to residents Tuesday before it did any structural work on the town's charter. The committee will propose recommendations for the charter with input from the town. Meetings open to the public will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. A second public hearing will be held Sept. 7 to accommodate those who were unable to attend Tuesday's meeting.

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